Market Structure Insights

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July 12, 2023

Does alpha exist?  That was how a hedge-fund executive began a conversation when I was in his office back before the pandemic.  He said the joke among hedge funds is that everybody is pursuing something – higher risk-adjusted returns – that might in fact not...

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June 28, 2023

I’m amused. There is a ceaseless stream of people chattering about the economy.  On TV.  On the web. In print, in digital. Will we have a recession, a soft landing, nothing?  When will the Fed stop lifting rates and start cutting (Bank of America’s strategist...

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June 21, 2023

The Latin word Panacea comes from the Greek “Panakes,” a combination of two words meaning “all healing.” I love the Greeks. Humans love panaceas. Like central banks. Fat pills.  Digital assets like bitcoin. The metaverse. Dutch tulips. Vaccines. A silver bullet. Artificial intelligence. We humans...

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June 14, 2023

There’s no alpha left in public equities. Hasn’t been for 20 years.  Nope, not me.  I didn’t say it. Marc Rowan, CEO and co-founder of Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm with six hundred billion dollars under management said it in an interview June...

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June 7, 2023

Should you wear an Apple Virtual Reality headset during earnings calls?  Wait, what? Earnings calls? I’ll explain. I remember wondering if Apple would survive.  You too?  The maker of personal computers had by the 1990s lost the market to Microsoft.  Some schools used taxpayer dollars...

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May 31, 2023

Odysseus needed ten years to get home and only his dog recognized him.  We were three weeks in Greece (May 3-24) and visited Odysseus’s home (neither he nor his dog were in), and our dog thankfully still knew us on return last week. Here are...

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